Since the creation of the first local guild in Boston in the early 20th century, the CMA’s history has been steeped in the rich guild tradition. Guilds provide fellowship, education, opportunities to serve the local Church and public, and a base for medical students and residents to find guidance. Local guilds are essential for providing education, mutual support, service, and witness—by and for physicians and healthcare professionals—across the United States.
CMA guilds are organized at the level of a parish, city, or diocese. Groups applying for recognition as an official guild of the CMA must have at least six CMA physician members, the approval of the local bishop, and an organizational structure that includes officers and bylaws. Local guilds are organized in 12 regions of the country, each supported by two regional directors.